Simple, Savory Greens

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Author Notes: Anchovies, garlic, and tomato paste: any food that gets treated by this savory trifecta tastes better than you think it should.

I used to just chop up my greens and throw them in the sauté pan, but Marcella Hazan converted me to the blanching-first method. It's an extra step, but it produces much more flavorful results. Without it, the greens give off so much water when they hit the pan that it dilutes the flavor. Which would be a shame, because these are really good flavors.
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Serves 2-4

  • 1 large bunch greens, any kind, but my favorites with this recipe are rapini, collards, or spinach.
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 oil-packed anchovy fillets, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons dried currants, rehydrated in hot water for 15 minutes, drained
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lemon, preferably meyer, quartered
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Meanwhile, wash your greens and cut into thin strips. When water boils, add a generous pinch of salt, add the greens, and boil for 1-3 minutes, depending on how tender they are. Strain and use a wooden spoon to force out as much water as possible.
  2. Set a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add the onions and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, until well-browned. Then remove cover, reduce heat to medium, and add olive oil. Scrape up any onion bits that may have stuck to the pan.
  3. Add garlic, anchovies, tomato paste, currants, and a pinch of salt, and stir until well combined. Let cook for about a minute.
  4. Add the greens, and stir well to combine with garlic-onion mixture. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with the lemon wedges.
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over 2 years ago editrix

I made this last night and was blown away! The bunch of collards that came in my CSA was medium-sized at most, so I added in some broccoli florets when I blanched the greens. My husband and I loved the combination of flavors. Thanks for a new (and vegetarian) method for preparing healthy greens!

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over 2 years ago linzarella

So glad you like it! And glad it's still good as vegetarian - I'm assuming you left out the anchovy?

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over 2 years ago editrix

Oh, heh -- luckily, I'm omnivorous and he's a pescatarian, so the anchovies were GO! I should have been clearer -- it's hard to find a flavorful greens recipe that doesn't use bacon or pancetta for umami goodness.

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

This sounds delicious.

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over 3 years ago HCR

yum.